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Jim Nelson

Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Private Beachfront Casita!!! New Spa!!! Heated Pool...

39 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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El Centenario House Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedroom, 2 bathroom Casita on the Bay of La Paz. New Spa and Heated Lap Pool.

Tranquility and Privacy are the biggest reasons people stay at the Casita. Enjoy your private new Spa and heated pool. Relax on the hammock or sip a margarita under the palapa, while grilling a fresh fish you just caught.

After dark, enjoy the gas fire pit, while watching the city lights flicker across the water. Or enjoy the New Spa with over 70 body message jets.

If you really want to unwind and have an adventure, then come visit our piece of paradise on the Sea of Cortez.

The Casita has Free Wi-Fi and a full size washer and dryer.

There are numerous restaurants and stores within walking distance of the Casita.

No need for bottled water, we have a whole house water filtration system.

To truly experience the area you’ll need to rent a car. Todos Santos, Cabo San Lucas and many other places are fun day trips.

Whether you love laying on the beach reading, fishing for trophy marlin, diving, kayaking, whale watching, wind surfing, walking deserted beaches looking for seashells or exploring the natural world in any other innumerable ways. You’ll find our Private Casita a perfect place to experience your dreams...

Our sincere hope is that you’re able to experience Baja... Have an adventure or two, create stronger family bonds and create memories that will last a lifetime. Our private Casita has given our family unforgettable memories, I sincerely hope you and your family can get away and experience the Baja Life.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jim Nelson (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
Call Manager
Speaks: english

About Jim Nelson

My name is Jim Nelson and I’m from Albuquerque, NM. I’m a helicopter pilot in the Army getting ready to retire from the Military after 30 years. The Casita has been a dream project of mine for many years. Staying in the Casita reminds me what life is really about. The people of La Paz don’t seem to let time rule them, their stress levels are way down or almost nonexistent. If you really want to unwind, and enjoy privacy, then the Casita is for you.

Jim Nelson purchased this house in 2004

Why Jim Nelson chose Baja California Sur

I bought the lot and built the Casita in the La Paz area because I had such a great time visiting La Paz. The board walk in La Paz is by far the most beautiful I’ve seen to include anywhere in the Caribbean. I always feel a sense of adventure when I’m in La Paz and doing things in Baja. Baja has given my family and friends memories they’ll never forget. I’ve been traveling around the world over for 30 years, and I still love feeling of true peace and tranquility, when I’m staying at the Casita.

What makes this house unique

I love watching the sunrise over the water with the City of La Paz in the back ground, it's a great way to start a day. I also love to lay out at night next to the gas fire pit and star gaze... The new spa at night is also great.

The Casita sits on 1.5 acres with over a 300 plants and trees. There are always birds to watch on the beach and humming birds around the casita. The Casita is so private that I’m not concerned about what I’m wearing, no one will know or care. Its great being able to walk, to one of the restaurants in the area and not have to drive all the time. The Casita is very laid back, peaceful and has a feeling of no worries. Living in the moment.


based on 39 traveler reviews

Private Beachfront Casita!!! New Spa!!! Heated Pool...
average rating of 4.8717947 based on 39 reviews

Loved it !

  • 5 of 5

Linda and I felt very comfortable and relaxed at the Casita. We were met promptly upon arrival, and given all the information we needed. The Casita and grounds are very well-kept. The pool is excellent. The written guidebook was very helpful and the restaurant recommendations were great. We would only suggest a couple of reading or floor lamps in the living room. What a pleasant setting and great getaway! Thanks Jim for making it very easy to enjoy. We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Robert and Linda for the nice review. We really work hard to keep everything looking good, inside and outside the casita. The casita information book is constantly being updated. I always like input from renters, sometimes they see and do new things in Baja, that I try to add to the information book. I hope you both and your family have a great up coming holiday season.
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Perfect Getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Jim's casita for a week and it exceeded our expectations. We were wanting to "escape" from work and just decompress...Mission accomplished!!! The casita had all the amenities for cooking, so we basically just cooked and enjoyed the fabulous pool every day! As far as adventures, we explored balandra beach and tecolote beach and todos, wow and wow! And of course we had to end our daily adventures at the restaurant next door for a delicious margarita and guacamole with Jorge!!! Jorge not only works next door to the casita, but he is the house manager in lieu of Jim. I must say, Jorge made our trip extra delightful-he was more than hospitable, informative, best energy and the most infectious laugh!!! You're the best Georgie-haha!!! Thank you Jim for opening your home to us-it was just perfect and exactly what we needed!!

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Tony for the nice review. Right now I do have a great little team helping me keep the private casita, pool and spa in tip top condition. I'm glad you and Hector really got out and experienced Southern Baja. Southern Baja is one of the last places we can still have a fun safe worry free adventure. Keep the private casita in mind, when you really feel the need, to totally get away from it all. I sincerely hope you and your family have a great 2016 and enjoy the up coming Holiday Season.
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Amazing la paz casita

  • 5 of 5

The casita was the perfect place to stay. The grounds are immaculate and well kept. The property compound itself makes it difficult to leave and see the beautiful beaches just a short drive away. The owner has all pertinent information organized wich makes everything really easy during the stay. If you are looking for a relaxing private place to getaway this is your casita!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Garrett for the nice review. I'm glad you and your wife enjoyed staying at the casita. The casita is beautifully maintained. The gardener maintains more than 300 different plants and trees. People who have busy crazy jobs, that just want to get away from it all and recharge their batteries, seam to love the private casita the most. It is the ultimate private getaway. I hope you and your family have a great 2016 and enjoy the up coming holiday season. Jim
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Everything you're looking for

  • 5 of 5

We spent an extremely relaxing week at Jim's Casita. The house, pool, and spa create a perfect private vacation setting. The grounds are professionally maintained. The array of plants and flowers is impressive. Everything you could need is provided. Jim and his property manager Jorge are extremely attentive to all the details that make your stay great. It was easy to get in contact with Jorge whenever needed. Jorge speaks perfect English and is quick to answer questions about the property.

The area of La Paz/El Centenario is a nice and safe. There are good restaurants within walking distance of the Casita. La Paz is a short drive away with multiple restaurant selections and shopping. We took day trips to Todos Santos and the beaches north of La Paz. Both were great days and really easy trips. Although we used Pesos and credit cards, US dollars were excepted almost everywhere we went.

Overall, a wonderful week. As other reviews have stated, renting a car opens up so many opportunities to explore. We would highly recommend the Casita to friends or family.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks John and Heidi for the nice review. I'm truly glad you both enjoyed the private casita. We're working hard to maintain and improve the casita and landscaping. All the adventurous day trips around the casita, are a great time, but you're right about having a rental car to fully enjoy Southern Baja. I hope you both, one day make it back at the casita for another Baja adventure. Have a great summer and 2016. Jim
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Great Casita, Puro Baja California Sur!

  • 5 of 5

Just back from two fantastic weeks at Jim's casita in Centennario, just north of La Paz. He's created a great spot here that is comfortable, relaxing, and puro Baja Sur – from the decor to the palapa to the iguana that comes out in the afternoons on the roof to birdwatch.

We are a family of three with an active eight year-old, and the pool and hot tub were the perfect spots in which to play, relax, and enjoy a beverage or two after a lunch of ceviche and fish tacos in town. Frankly, we spent half of our vacation just hanging around the casita, swimming, lounging, and enjoying our time off. I did a little writing as well on my laptop on the table under the palapa.

Jim's building a larger house (the casita's casa, as it were) on the north end of the pool. We weren't sure what to expect, but the site was spotless and clean and no construction occurred during our stay. We had the added bonus of being able to climb the stairs to the new casa's rooftop palapa and enjoy the lights of nearby La Paz across the bay.

The house comes with a daily gardener – Oscar – a very nice and friendly guy. When he found out we liked nopales, his wife made us a dish of them, cooked with arecherra in a nice salsa roja. He greeted us with a smile each day.

The casita itself has high ceilings, giving it's two main rooms the impression of being larger than they actually are. We never felt that we were "on top of each other", as it were. The bed and furniture was comfortable and it was convenient to have laundry for our two week stay. There's no television, so you can enjoy the tranquility of the area and it's nature. You can watch television on your devices, as there's a fast and reliable Wi-Fi network in the house (that juuuuussst was able to make the palapa where I was writing).

You will need a car to get to nearby La Paz (just 10-15 minutes south, easy and past Wal-Mart, Mega, etc.), as there is little taxi service and Uber doesn't operate here. Rental cars are fairly inexpensive at the airport, and make sure you get Mexican liability insurance as well.

We would recommend this property for anyone who wants to get away from it all and stay in a place with access to some of Mexico's most beautiful beaches and friendly people.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Scott for spending the time to write a nice review. I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed staying at the casita and exploring Southern Baja. Most of the people who stay at the casita, do love to just hang out at the casita, no worries or stress, just living in the moment. I hope you and your family can make it back to Baja again for another adventure. I do give substantial discounts to nice people who have already stayed at the casita. I sincerely hope you and your family have a great summer and enjoy the rest of 2016. Again, thank you Scott for taking the time to write a nice review. Jim
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Even Better Than The Pictures!!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great home base for exploring La Paz or for just relaxing! The house is comfortable, the pool is huge and the hot tub is a great way to end each day! We saw many different birds and a few lizards too. Even though the beach isn't swimmable it was still fun to beachcomb and watch the lights of the city come on after sunset.

Thanks Jim for all the helpful information about the area. It was very handy for first timers to La Paz! We visited Balandra, Tecolote, took a boat ride to Espiritu Santo and snorkeled with the sea lions, swam with whale sharks (a lifelong dream of mine) and discovered some very good restaurants and coffee in town. Wish we could have stayed longer!!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tracy, Thanks for the nice review. I'm glad you and Andrew had a great time. You both really got out and exsperanced Baja in a big way. It sounds like it was a great adventure trip. You're right, the casita is in a great location to visit La Paz or explore a secluded beach close to the casita. I sencerly hope you and Andrew can escape to Baja again and exsperance more of the area. Have a great summer and 2016.
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
La Paz, BCS, International Airport
Nearest Barpub
70 Metres
Mesquite Grill
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
La Paz, BCS
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Highway 1, San Diego to Cabo San Lucas
Nearest Restaurant
70 Metres
Mesquite Grill
Car: recommended

Different Restaurants, road side stands and convenience stores are within walking distance. There are numerous Beautiful beaches all around the area. Fishing year round is always good. Diving and snorkeling is great. It's important to rent a car to truly esperance Baja. Please, don’t hesitate to call me if you want to know more about the area.


Rates & Availability

El Centenario House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring and Summer
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Christmas Holidays
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
cleaning fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 16.0%

Check in after 3:00 PM and check out buy 12:00 s
Holiday period of Dec 19 to Jan 3: 20% price increase for the holiday period and a minimum 7 nights reservation.

Refunds. Only Fifty percent of the total rental amount will be returned, due to the lost revenue of not being able to rent the Casita.

Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD)

Please confirm rates and dates upon booking

50% due at booking, balance due 30 days prior

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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El Centenario House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , outdoor shower , Outside next to the Plapa
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • One King size bed in bedroom. Couch makes into a full bed. I do have a blow up queen bed in closet.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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